Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Prayer - Burma

For those of you who have not yet heard, a storm that struck Burma has led to over 22,000 deaths with over 41,000 still missing and an estimated 1 million homeless. The Burmese government (I refuse to use the phony title that the current oppressors identify themselves with) has recently done much to suppress Christianity and to rule with an iron fist over its citizens.

I offer up this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We come before you today with heavy hearts as we hear of the destruction and devastation that has resulted from the storm in Burma. We know that you have complete and absolute control over the winds, the rains, and the seas, and that nothing happens in this universe outside of your providence.

We come before you, pleading before your Holy throne, requesting your comfort in the midst of death, your provision in the midst of want, your healing in the midst of injury, and your compassion in the midst of hurt. We pray that the people of Burma would receive the aid that the rest of the world wishes to provide, and that the government of Burma would allow this aid to flow unhindered.

Awaken compassion in your people worldwide to reach out with their riches to meet needs in this sea of need. We pray that you will also awaken your people, in Burma and elsewhere, to reach out to those who are hurting with the love of Christ. We ask that you will soften the hearts of ruthless leaders, and that you would grant them wisdom so as to rule with justice and mercy.

We pray that you will be magnified and glorified in the midst of this tragedy, and that hearts would be turned toward you as your Son, Jesus Christ, is lifted up in both deed and word. We pray that not only will the people of Burma see their physical needs met, but that you would also bring many of them to salvation through Jesus Christ.

We pray all of this with the assurance that you hear us, knowing that our prayer comes to you through the agency of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Samaritan's Purse Burma Relief

Baptist Burma Disaster Assessment

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Home Page